Firefighters douse fire at Westminster complex where explosion occurred two days earlier

A residential fire was extinguished Friday at a Westminster townhome complex, the same complex where a unit exploded and a building burned on Wednesday.

Firefighters responded at about 12:50 p.m. Friday to the Stratus Townhomes, 8300 Sheridan Blvd., and extinguished a smoldering fire that was contained to one unit, according to a police department news release. There were no people inside and no injuries. An investigation is ongoing. Police said the fire does not appear to have been caused by faulty mechanical equipment.

On Wednesday, an explosion sparked a fire inside a unit in an eight-unit building at Stratus. All residents living in the building have been displaced, police said Friday. Firefighters have been called back to the building several times to douse smoldering debris.

Property managers at Stratus had hired a contractor who was working on the unit that exploded on Wednesday, police said. Stratus has since hired another contractor to inspect all the buildings in the complex. An investigation into the cause of the explosion is ongoing and will likely take several weeks.

At 2:40 a.m. Tuesday an explosion destroyed a single-family residence in the 7700 block of Knox Court, police said. Human remains were found in the rubble. The Adams County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as 51-year-old Duane Cameron Doyle.

There was a fire at the same Knox Court address in April and the residence had been boarded up and the natural gas and electricity turned off. The water supply to the residence had also been turned off after the fire.

After Tuesday’s explosion, nearby residents told investigators that people may have been occupying the house despite the lack of utilities and water. Investigators are looking at whether alternative heating devices lead to the explosion. The investigation is ongoing.


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